Wednesday, August 28th, 2002
Ahmad Sa’adat, general-secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has been on hungerstrike for the past 72 hours. He started the hungerstrike to protest his detention and the refusal of the Palestinian Authority to implement the decision of the High Court to release him. He asked for a meeting with a representative of the Palestinian Authority to discuss his detention and has said that he will then decide whether to stop his hungerstrike or to continue.
The Palestinian General Intelligence Service arrested Ahmad Sa’adat, the secretary-general of the PFLP, on January 15. Ahmad Sa’adat was then transferred to the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. On June 3, 2002, the Palestinian High Court ordered the release of Ahmad Sa’adat as he had never been charged or brought before a judge. On June 4, the Palestinian Authority decided that Ahmad Sa’adat should not be released ‘due to Israeli threats of assassinating Sa’adat’. Ra’anan Gissin, an Israeli spokesman said that if ‘[Sa’adat] is not brought to justice, we will bring justice to him’.
LAW – The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment calls on the Palestinian Authority to immediately implement the High Court decision and release Ahmad Sa’adat without further delay.